This weekend will be a huge matchup in the Football Championship Subdivision as the #1 ranked Georgia Southern Eagles will play host to the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins. The Moccasins will come in featuring a high powered offense that is lead by the top Small School QB in the entire country. While the Eagles feature a triple option attack on offense and on defense have quite possibly the #1 Junior in the nation in terms of small school prospects. I like the Eagles to take the win and retain their #1 ranking in what should be a very hard fought game.
QB BJ Coleman (6’5, 220 lbs.)
If any prospect needs a big game right now its BJ Coleman. Coleman has struggled over his last three games throwing only 3 TD’s to 5 INT’s and must find a way to score more efficiently. Coleman is still the top ranked Small School QB but needs to start stepping it up.
WR Joel Bradford (6’0, 175 lbs.)
Bradford is a burner who can beat you a number of ways. He is very elusive in the open field when he has the ball in his hands and went for multiple 200 yard games last year. His quick hips and steady hands are going to attract NFL scouts even if he isn’t quite as big as his listed height.
S Jordan Tippitt (6’0, 205 lbs.)
One of the best tackling safeties in the FCS ranks Tippitt is a player who helps to prevent big plays from happening. He has ideal size for the position and really does a good job playing the angles. A very heady football player who will need to come up big v. Southern’s option.
LB Ryan Consiglio (6’1, 215 lbs.)
An absolutely tackling machine who will be asked to do a little of everything this Saturday. He will be counted on to read the option plays and determine who either has or is getting the ball. There may not be a more important position on the field this weekend for the Mocs.
DE Joshua Williams (6’2, 235 lbs.)*
Known more for his pass rush ability than anything else right now, he’ll need to display the strength needed to hold up at the POA and to get off blocks. If Williams is able to hold the edge than he will help to force Southern to funnel the ball inside to Consiglio. If he loses his contain then we could see the #1 team in the country doing what they do best and that’s run all over you.
QB Jaybo Shaw (6’0, 200 lbs.)
The maestro that makes this orchestra work Shaw came down from Georgia Tech and has been as huge reason why this system works so well. Shaw has great field vision and really has a great feel for when to pitch it and when to keep it. He’s actually got a decent arm but it’s inaccurate at times (56.7 completion pct). However he will use it to beat you over the top (19.1 ypc, 4 TD, 0 INT) if you get caught sneaking up.
RB JJ Wilcox (6’0, 215 lbs.)*
The athletic Wilcox is parted of a multi-faceted attack that is as balanced in its distribution as it comes. Wilcox has not seen more than 9 carries in any game this season but he’s been effective when he has it putting up 261 yards and 3 TD’s on only 24 carries (10.8 ypc).
DT Brent Russell (6’2, 291 lbs.)*
The heart and soul of this Eagles defense, Russell gets after it on every snap. He’s a hard nose penetrating DT who really does a good job blowing up the A gap. He’s gotten stronger as he’s gotten older and the Eagles will be relying on him to disrupt the game and hassle Coleman.
DE John Douglas (6’2, 237 lbs.)
A bit of a come out of nowhere prospect Douglas has been a dangerous pass rusher off the edge as teams have concentrated on stopping Russell. He has 3 sacks and an INT to his name. His best move is his up the field speed rush where he goes a good job of beating the OT off the ball.
LB Josh Rowe (5’11, 219 lbs.)*
Rowe is part of a generally undersized LB corp who moves well and tackles well. Rowe sees the field exceptionally well and does a very nice job of flowing to the football. He fills gaps effectively and isn’t afraid to take on blockers, though he struggles to disengage due to his size.
DB Michael Butler (5’9, 182 lbs.)
A very active and in the box S, Butler has been surprisingly effective when asked to blitz the QB. He has registered three sacks already this season to go along with his 3.5 TFL’s and 1 pass deflection. He flies around the football field and isn’t afraid to try and hit anybody.